Downhearted Duckling is the 87th one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, created in 1953 directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Irven Spence, Ray Patterson, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge with backgrounds by Robert Gentle. It was released on November 13, 1954 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Jerry dresses Quacker up in a tie and hat, but Quacker, looking at himself in a broken mirror, still thinks he's ugly. But before Jerry returns with another mirror, Quacker walks off, wishing he was dead.
He approaches a sleeping Tom and wakes him up, asking to be eaten. A puzzled Tom is only too happy to oblige, but is prevented from successfully eating the duckling, owing to Jerry's intervention. Jerry grabs Quacker out of Tom's mouth and flees. Tom searches for the duck and Quacker calls out to Tom while lying in a sandwich. Quacker jumps out of the sandwich as Tom tries to eat it and Tom eats a branch. Quacker apologizes and asks for Tom's tongue. Tom puts it out and Quacker jumps on it, but is saved again by Jerry before falling down Tom's throat.
Jerry and Quacker hide next to a hen, but instead of taking Quacker, Jerry grabs the hen and gets pecked into the ground. Quacker pokes his head out of a pie and asks if Tom wants to eat it. Tom refuses, but Quacker convinces him to eat him. Then Jerry throws the pie in Tom's face.
Jerry tries to raise Quacker's spirits by giving him a beauty make-over, but when Tom catches him, he is horrified at the duckling's appearance. Quacker asks if Tom wants to eat him and Tom runs off as quickly as he can, clawing straight through a brick wall in order to escape!
Just when Quacker is at his lowest ebb, reduced to hiding under a paper bag (yelling at Jerry for lifting it up), he meets a female duck who thinks that he is cute. Quacker clicks his heels for joy and happily takes her arm. And as Jerry watches, the two ducklings waddle off together into the sunset, stopping along the way to share a kiss. The female duck's name is Dayna.